Third Global Symposium on HSR – Media Release: “Solidarity between nations - not charity” - will realise the universal right to health

From day one of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
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“Solidarity between nations - not charity” - will realise the universal right to health
Cape Town, South Africa, 1 October 2014, 18h00 SAST – As the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research commences in Cape Town, South Africa, discussions about the theme of people-centred health systems are placing e

Priority-Setting in Health: Building Institutions for Smarter Public Spending

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Center for Global Development

Health donors, policymakers, and practitioners continuously make life-and-death decisions about which type of patients receive what interventions, when, and at what cost. These decisions—as consequential as they are—often result from ad hoc, nontransparent processes driven more by inertia and interest groups than by science, ethics, and the public interest. The result is perverse priorities, wasted money, and needless death and illness. Examples abound: In India, only 44 percent of children 1 to 2 years old are fully vaccinated, yet open-heart surgery is subsidized in national public hospitals.

Vaccine crisis on confusion over Zambia

CAPE TOWN — Travel clinics have inadvertently sparked a nationwide shortage of yellow fever vaccines by advising travellers to Zambia to get the shots, even though the country is not on the Department of Health’s list of destinations from which travellers must provide yellow fever certificates before entry into SA.

MSF issues 'Top Ten' most underreported humanitarian stories of 2006

New York - The staggering human toll taken by tuberculosis (TB) and malnutrition as well as the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are among the Top Ten Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006, according to the year-end list released recently by the international humanitarian medical aid organization Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF).

Children Suffer When Mother Lacks Input, UNICEF Says

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Children are likely to be undernourished in households where women are denied a voice in family decisions like doctor visits, food expenditures and trips to see friends and relatives, says a report by the U.N. Children's Fund, UNICEF, released on Monday.

SA receives R110m in AIDS grant

The University of Natal in Durban on Friday received a R110-million research grant for AIDS from two United States organisations, said the institution in a statement. The US National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases donated the five-year grant. A team of scientists from the universities of Natal, Cape Town, Western Cape and Colombia in New York, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, and AngloGold's health research unit will be involved in the research programme. The project will be known as Caprisa - Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. Caprisa aims to study HIV pathogenesis (the manner of development of a disease), cheap care provision strategies and will build local research infrastructure on virology, immunology and clinical infectious diseases. It will also enhance the number of skilled researchers in South Africa with emphasis on young scientists from historically disadvantaged communities. The study will investigate the very early events in HIV infection to identify the factors responsible for the initial control of virus replication, said project leader Professor Carolyn Williamson of the University of Cape Town. This knowledge will provide a critical window into our understanding of the biology and pathogenesis of HIV. ( Source: SAPA, 28 July 2002)